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The Sheriff's Office has a new 23-foot Shearwater. (Courtesy photo)
Palm Coast Thursday, May 7, 2015 4 years ago

Sheriff's Office gets a new boat

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Sheriff’s Office gets a new boat

The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office:

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased a 23-foot Shearwater boat with a Yamaha 250 motor with money form a Florida Inland Navigation District Waterway Assistance Program grant, which matched the Sheriff’s Office’s contribution of $30,000.
The boat’s total cost was $63,605.
“FIND is proud to partner with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in helping make the local Intracoastal Waterway a better, safer place for all boaters,” said Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts, who serves as the Secretary for the F.I.N.D. Board of Commissioners.
Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre said the boat will support deputies’ presence on the waterways.
“It is important for our deputies to have a marine presence on our Intracoastal Waterway throughout Flagler County,” he said. “Our marine patrol and divers assist with water rescues, water craft accidents and other water related issues.”

Sheriff’s Office receives $80,845 of forfeited funds

The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office:

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office was among 15 law enforcement agencies in Florida to receive a portion of forfeited money for its participation in the successful federal prosecution of Zachary Timothy Rose.
Rose was sentenced in 2014 to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone and alprazolam, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
As part of the sentence, the court ordered the forfeiture of more than $2.4 million, which was deemed to be proceeds of the offenses committed.
The Sheriff’s Office was presented with an $80,4845 check by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, April 29.
According to the Department of Justice, Rose opened and operated illegitimate pain clinics in Jacksonville and provided patients with high dosages of pain medication without requiring medical examinations.
“We have not yet made definite plans for the use of the money, but we have discussed using it to purchase license plate readers for patrol,” Sheriff James L. Manfre said. “This is a tool used by surrounding agencies for warrants and active cases.”

Construction for Matanzas Woods Parkway interchange set

The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County communications office:

A long sought after interchange and Matanzas Woods Parkway and Interstate 95 is about to become a reality.
“It’s a major milestone for our community,” said Frank Meeker, Flagler County Commission Chairman. “I was here during the ’98 wildfires when the county had to be evacuated. The lack of the interchange there hindered our ability to get people out.”
Work on the roadway will begin June 5.
Matanzas Woods Parkway will be closed for two months between 7 p.m. June 5 and August 10 – after the end of the school year – so that the portion of Matanzas Woods Parkway that spans I-95 can be reconstructed to accommodate four single-lane ramps for on and off access to the interstate.
The Matanzas High School schedule will be considered throughout the construction period.
The project cost is almost $9 million is state and federal money.
Project details will be updated at matanzas95interchange.com.

County Road 305 re-opens

The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County communications office:

Roadwork on County Road 305 has been completed, and detours removed, ahead of the project’s ahead of its May 3 deadline.
This last project replaced the third and final box culvert and rounds out about $20 million of roadwork, including the replacement of all seven bridges.
“We are very happy to have the roadway completely open,” County Engineer Faith Alkhatib said.
The roadway improvements included roadway widening, milling and resurfacing and shoulder construction in addition to removing deficient drainage structures. Federal stimulus and Florida Department of Transportation funds have been used on the projects along County Road 305 that runs from State Road 100 to the Volusia County border.
Other construction projects are in the works.
County Engineers had a pre-construction meeting Tuesday with Halifax Paving, which has been contracted to repave County Road 302 and runs between State Road 100 and County Road 305.
The $2 million project is being 100% funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Flagler County hosts ‘boot camp’ for homebuilders

The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County Communications Office:

Four dozen inspectors and homebuilders gathered at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center to learn about the changes coming July 1 to Florida’s building codes.
The course, conducted by the Building Officials of Florida and the Florida Home Builders Association through the sponsorship of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, has been held at the Emergency Operations Center for the past several years.
“Our annual training course is always well attended,” said Jason DeLorenzo, government affairs director for the Flagler Home Builders Association. “There are some places that have to cancel the training because they don’t get the interest. We don’t have that problem here.”

Mala Compra trail, boardwalk ready for use

The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County communications office:

There are few places that offer a good view of what Florida looked like when it was discovered by the Spanish 450 years ago, but Flagler County has one of them.
With the completion of a new trail at Mala Compra Park – as well as two boardwalks over the interdune salt marshes and dune walkovers to the beach – visitors will get a glimpse of the coastal hammock that in other areas of the state has largely been carved up for residential development.
A new mile long trail off of Flagler County’s 19-mile A1A trails system connects Bings Landing Park on the west side of State Road A1A to Mala Compra Park, providing a nice excursion to the beach. It intersects with the Old Coast Guard Road that was used during World War II to keep an eye on the coastline.
Overall, the project came in about 18 percent under budget.
Money was set aside for the project construction by the original developer of the Hammock Dunes, Admiral Corporation nearly 30 years ago.

Flagler Schools receives Healthy School District award

The following is an adapted news release from Flagler Schools:

Flagler County Public Schools has been recognized as a Florida Healthy School District at the Silver level for the period of May 2015 through April 2017, based on submission of the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment.
The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership wrote the assessment in 2009. Since then — in partnership with Florida Action for Healthy Kids, Florida Association of District School Superintendents and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation — it has recognized 37 districts for establishing a culture and climate that embraces the Coordinated School Health approach. A total of 16 Florida districts received the 2015-2017 Florida Healthy Districts Award, two at the Bronze Level, nine at the silver level, and five at the Gold Level.
 

 

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